Help Keep Ballet Alive in the Shenandoah Valley

Italia Performing Arts is the premier dance school in the Shenandoah Valley and has been teaching children and adults since they opened their doors in 2012. Its founders, Lorenza Manara Marchi and Peter Kirk, left their home in Europe to open their school and bring the beauty of classical ballet and dance to under-served rural areas in the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. To date, they have opened studios in Winchester and Edinburg, Virginia.

In addition to classical ballet, Italia Performing Arts also teaches Tap, Jazz & Hip-Hop, Lyrical & Contemporary, Turns & Leaps, Musical Theatre & Vocals, and Acro Dance.

According to The Child Development Institute, studying dance provides many benefits to children. They learn to follow instructions, gain a sense of discipline, coordination and balance, remain active through body movement, and become comfortable performing before groups. In addition, dance promotes proper nutrition, muscle development, and self-confidence and pride.

Italia Performing Arts Institute was established in April 2018 as a non-profit organization to support performing arts in the northern Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia.

One of the main activities of the Institute is seeking funds to provide scholarships to assist families in need in paying for performing arts classes for their children, teens and young adults, including classes at Italia Performing Arts LLC. The scholarships will cover a portion of the tuition fees for their classes.

For more information, see the Institute website.

If you wish to contribute to the mission of Italia Performing Arts Institute, please click on the PayPal Donate button below (credit and debit card donations accepted) or send a check to Italia Performing Arts Institute at 3031 Valley Avenue suite 108, Winchester, VA 22601.

Be assured that your contributions will ensure that our children, especially those from under-served rural areas and those who have special needs, will continue to learn and discover the beauty and joy dance can bring!




The Institute has applied for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Contributions received now will be tax deductible once this status is granted.

Photos of Italia Performing Arts students by Kensie M Photography.